Our brand new ‘Rolling Factory’ has already amassed over 6000 installations and that’s just kicking awesome. But we won’t just roll: we will still create releases of openSUSE, and 13.2 is next! According to the roadmap, our latest Geeko is due in November and it will be awesome. We promise. But it doesn’t come for free: you will have to help.
Open Source isn’t magic
Thing is, Open Source can only be as awesome as the people who work on it! And while openSUSE 13.2 has many, many awesome people working on it, what matters in the end is if it will work for you. There is only one way to make sure it does: test it. Test your use cases and make sure what you need openSUSE 13.2 for will work perfectly. That crazy old system you have set up for your uncle? Test it. That brand new ultrabook of your sister? Test it. That super server you’re secretly building in the cellar? Test it. TEST IT ALL!
All the news
openSUSE 13.2 will have lots of new things and lots more is coming.
- Linux kernel 3.16 (going for 3.17)
- GNOME 3.12 (planning for 3.14)
- Plasma Workspaces 4.11, KDE applications 4.13 mixed with 4.14 (will be all 4.14)
- and for testing: Plasma 5.1 (will be 5.2, perhaps 5.3), Frameworks 5.2 (will be 5.5 or higher) and the latest KDE Applications.
- btrfsprogs is now at 3.16. btrfs will be the default filesystem in openSUSE 13.2 so help test the heck out if this!
- AppArmor 2.9 beta bringing the new python-based tools developed during GSoC 2013 and some new rule types to mediate sockets, ptrace, signals and dbus (I’m not sure if all of them are already supported by the openSUSE kernel and dbus – you’ll need to ask the kernel and dbus maintainers)- and of course the usual bunch of profile updates, bugfixes etc.
- LibreOffice 188.8.131.52
One Distribution with many flavours to pick
There is a tradition in openSUSE to be released with more than one GUI, this saga continues on 13.2 beta as it comes with all the newest popular Graphical User Environments. All you have to do is pick your favourite during installation and enjoy!
GNOME, KDE and XFCE
We already mentioned the latest coming from the KDE community, with the stable Applications version 4.14 coming with many bugfixes and polish. GNOME 3.14 will introduce the following features:
- Browse DLNA media servers in GNOME Photos
- Add GNOME Hitori to official GNOME releases/modulesets
- Integration of PicassaWeb in GNOME Photos
- Sharing network awareness (avoid unintentional oversharing of private information)
- Using systemd for the user session
- Color tinting in GNOME Shell
- Integrating Zimbra into Gnome Shell
Some of these features are marked as done, some as ongoing and some as still being planned, so we’ll see what …